Artist Biography

Adrian Arguedas Ruano is one of the most prominent contemporary artists of Costa Rica. He was born in 1968.

Arguedas is a native of Barva de Heredia, a small town known for keeping the traditions of making popular masks parades. In his childhood, he found artistic inspiration through the figure of his great-uncle, named Carlos Salas, who worked sculpting the clay to prepare the base that would later serve as a mold to create the original traditional masks, made with paper. Salas had a powerful influence on the artist inspiration and artwork, which made him significant in his technique

He graduated from the School of Arts and Visual Communication of the National University of Costa Rica in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Between 1993-1994, he studied engraving at the École beaux d'art in Lorient, France. In 2000, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Miami, Florida, United States

With more than 30 years of artistic and professional career, Adrian is considered one of the greatest exponents of Costa Rican and Latin-American engraving, in addition to his significant contribution to watercolor and oil techniques, as well as his collaboration and intervention in the three-dimensional figure

His work has been the subject of various distinctions, from Scholarships to mentions and awards of various kinds, among which it is worth noting the highest distinction awarded in Costa Rica in the field of Visual Arts, the national award "Aquileo Echeverría" , which you have received 4 times.

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